ERIC Number: ED321721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
A Cooperative Pedagogical Strategy for Teaching Developmental Theories through Writing: Dyadic Confrontations. Draft.
Sherman, Lawrence W.
The paper describes the use of writing as an instructional strategy to integrate several contemporary issues all of which focus on the teaching of human development theories. Issues include postmodern thought, higher level thinking process, conceptual conflict, and arousal, motivation, and integrating the writing process into the psychology curriculum. Each issue is briefly discussed and the literature reviewed. The instructional methodology involves use of a dyadic technique and the writing of nine short essays throughout the semester. Students write essay questions and model answers based on assigned readings and text material. Students also write answers to each others' questions, then discuss answers both in dyads or triads and as a whole class. Finally, students' questions and answers are evaluated both by peers and the instructor. Students who received this instructional approach generally felt it was highly beneficial to their learning of both the content of the class and of each other's perceptions of that content. Results support efforts to expand writing activities across the college curriculum. Samples of questions and answers and a form for writing and rating questions are attached. Contains 55 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Convention on Cooperative Learning (Baltimore, MD, July 6-10, 1990).